FUN, AFFORDABLE SEATTLE CLASSES

Rekindle School is an independent educational program, located in north Seattle, established in 2002.

  • Fun, affordable Seattle acting classes, Seattle art classes, Seattle comedy classes, and more.
  • Our locations include Phinney Neighborhood Center and the Seattle branch of the University of Washington campus. Plus: some online classes.
  • Our classes are for adults. If a student is under 18 they will need parental permission. Questions? Email us!

Starting soon:

Meets Sat. July 23: In Person: FILMMAKING 101

  • Interested in making your own independent movies – but trying to figure out how to approach it? In this this Seattle filmmaking class you’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners.
  • Note: “Filmmaking 101” is a lecture/discussion class. If you’re looking for a production class in which we actually film a short movie, see our “Let’s Make a Movie” course. Open to adults and teenagers. More info – sign up now

Starts Tues. August 9: ACTING 102

In this class, you’ll learn how to approach scripts professionally, focusing on your character’s goal (what he or she wants in the scene); motivation (why it matters); and other key elements of acting, to bring the character you’re portraying into focus and bring the scene to life.We’ll do more improv, scene work, and warm up exercises, while moving students’ acting abilities to the next level.  


Starts Tuesday August 2:  STAND UP COMEDY 101

  • This fun, intensive standup comedy workshop is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to try, or learn about stand up comedy.
  • Over the course of four weeks you will learn about the craft of standup comedy through practice and experimentation. Each student works towards the goals they set for class and are coached toward them individually.
  • Fourth meeting is a performance in front of a live audience at a comedy club in Seattle! Class meets at Club Comedy on Capital Hill. For 21 and older. Learn more – sign up now

Starts Wednesday August 17: CARTOONING 101

  • Looking for a fun introductory Seattle cartooning class? In this class, you’ll learn how to draw faces and figures in a humorous cartooning style; how to draw cartoons and comics, human and animal characters and more.
  • Plus we’ll cover some of the ways to get your cartoons published. Adults and teens welcome. Learn more – sign up now

Starts Monday September 5: SCREENWRITING 101

Learn how to write screenplays, get some practice writing them, and have opportunities to workshop them and get feedback on your writing. Plus tips for pitching your screenplay and getting it produced. A fun, practical, hands-on Seattle screenwriting class. Note: This will most likely be an online class this month. Learn more – sign up now


Starts Tuesday September 6: ACTING 103

In this Seattle acting class you’ll learn how to create a range of different character types, then choose several of them to polish and perfect. We’ll look at posture, vocalization, and finding the character’s internal energy to help define and differentiate them from each other. You’ll have fun and expand the range of characters you can play. For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.Learn more – sign up now


Starts Wednesday September 7: ACTING 101 

  • Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class. We’ll do warm­-ups and theater games, improv and scene work.
  • Plus: How to use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.  For 18 and older. Learn more – sign up now

Starts Sunday September 11:  LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

  • In this class, students will work learn how to make a movie (and act in one) by actually making one.
  • Note: Our focus in this class is in acting in a movie.If you’re looking for an informational class which teaches students how to make their own independent films, see “Filmmaking 101”. For adults 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.

Starts Thursday October 6: AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

  • In this class you’ll learn where to find auditions, and learn about actor headshots, actor resumes, filming your own auditions, and how to create an actor reel.
  • We’ll do practice exercises and warm-ups to make more comfortable with the auditioning process, and you’ll get honest feedback about how to improve.
  • This class can be taken independently or applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate.

Starts Saturday October 8: ACTING IN A 48 HOUR HORROR MOVIE

In this class, we’ll make a short HORROR film for a 48 hour film festival – then it will play down in a Seattle theater along with several short films from other teams participating in the same festival. Learn more


Starts Monday Oct. 10: DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

  • Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team.
  • You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along. Adults and teens welcome. Learn more – sign up now

Starts on Tuesday October 11: ACTING 104

  • In this class, open to everyone who’s taken Acting 101-103, we‘ll do some exercises designed to help students expand their emotional range, and to respond in a more natural and intuitive way to their scene partners.
  • Some directors call this “naturalizing our acting.” For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.

Starts on Tuesday Nov. 22: ACTING 105

In this class, our focus will be on intuitive acting: tuning into the scene and characters we’re portraying on a more intuitive level. 

Come call this “letting go” — “acting in the moment” — or  “letting a scene breathe”. Others talk about it in terms of moving away from a formula and back into listening to and responding to both our own impulses and to our scene partners’. We’ll do exercises to help us connect in a more genuine way with our scene partners, and respond more naturally and intuitively as “real people in an imaginary world”.


Note: Most of our classes are offered bi-monthly or quarterly. The dates shown above are the ones currently open for enrollment, not the only ones we’ll be offering this year. If you miss signing up for a class, it will usually be back in two or three months. 


SEATTLE CLASSES – FIND BY TITLE

SEATTLE CLASSES STARTING SOON

  1. ACTING 101
  2. ACTING 102
  3. ACTING 103
  4. ACTING 104
  5. ACTING IN A 48 HOUR MOVIE
  6. ACTING IN A 48 HOUR HORROR MOVIE
  7. AUDITIONING 101
  8. CARTOONING 101
  9. DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS 
  10. FILMMAKING 101
  11. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE
  12. SCREENWRITING 101
  13. STAND UP COMEDY
  14. VOICE OVER 101
  15. VOICEOVER 102
  16. VOICE OVER 103
  17. VOICEOVER 104
  18. ACTING FUNDAMENTALS CERTIFICATE
  19. Coming soon: ACTING INTENSIVE, COLORED PENCIL, DRAWING FACES; and BEGINNING PAINTING IN WATER-MISCIBLE OILS

ACTING 101

Acting is fun — and it can be life-changing. In this enjoyable four-week class, you’ll learn how to create characters, memorize dialogue, and perform scenes in front of the class. We’ll do warm­-ups and theater games, improv and scene work. Plus: How to use your voice, body and emotions as acting tools. For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


ACTING 102

In this class, you’ll learn how to approach scripts professionally, focusing on your character’s goal (what he or she wants in the scene); motivation (why it matters); and other key elements of acting, to bring the character you’re portraying into focus and bring the scene to life.We’ll do more improv, scene work, and warm up exercises, while moving students’ acting abilities to the next level.  As in all of our classes, there’s lots of performance time and practice in class. Fun times! And lots of learning. For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


ACTING 103

In this class you’ll learn how to create a range of different character types, then choose several of them to polish and perfect. We’ll look at posture, vocalization, and finding the character’s internal energy to help define and differentiate them from each other. You’ll have fun and expand the range of characters you can play. For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


ACTING 104

In this class, open to everyone who’s taken Acting 101-103, we‘ll do some exercises designed to help students expand their emotional range, and to respond in a more natural and intuitive way to their scene partners. Some directors call this “naturalizing our acting.” For ages 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


ACTING 105

In this class, our focus will be on intuitive acting: tuning into the scene and characters we’re portraying on a more intuitive level. 

Come call this “letting go” — “acting in the moment” — or  “letting a scene breathe”. Others talk about it in terms of moving away from a formula and back into listening to and responding to both our own impulses and to our scene partners’. We’ll do exercises to help us connect in a more genuine way with our scene partners, and respond more naturally and intuitively as “real people in an imaginary world”.


ACTING INTENSIVE 1

A fun four-week class focused on memorizing and performing short scenes. Students will be sent a new (very short) script excerpt by email a few days before each class, and asked to memorize it –– then to show up ready to have fun, challenge yourself and get back into the swing of acting! You’ll have a chance to play all of the roles in each script. This class can be taken independently or applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate.


ACTING INTENSIVE 2

This class can be applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate. This class can be taken independently or applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate.


ACTING INTENSIVE 3

This class can be applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate. This class can be taken independently or applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate.


AUDITIONING WORKSHOP

In this class you’ll learn where to find auditions, and learn about actor headshots, actor resumes, filming your own auditions, and how to create an actor reel. We’ll do practice exercises and warm-ups to make more comfortable with the auditioning process, and you’ll get honest feedback about how to improve. The instructor has directed for stage and film for over twenty years.His movies have played in international film festivals. This class can be taken independently or applied toward the Acting Intensive Certificate.


CARTOONING 101

Looking for a fun introductory Seattle cartooning class? In this class, you’ll learn how to draw faces and figures in a humorous cartooning style; how to draw cartoons and comics, human and animal characters; some of the ways to get your cartoons published; and much more. Adults and teens welcome.


Looking for a colored pencil class in Seattle that’s easy, step-by-step, and designed for total beginners? A class where you can learn how to draw in color using high quality pencils, in beautiful, vibrant hues?  Our Seattle colored pencil class is a good place to start.  Will be back soon.


DRAWING FACES AND PORTRAITS

In this fun, information-filled class, you’ll learn how to draw men’s, women’s, and children’s faces; how to draw facial angles and expressions; how to draw ears, noses, eyes, eyebrows and mouths; how to draw faces without a model, and how to catch a resemblance when drawing from a photo or life; how to draw hair – and much more. 


DRAWING FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Anyone can draw… this means you! In this fun, step-by-step class, aimed at total beginners, we’ll work our way through a number of exercises designed to train your eye, hand and imagination to work together as a unit, or a team.You’ll learn to how to draw objects based on simple shapes, and how to add shading and textures to make your drawings look real and three-dimensional. Most students notice striking improvement in their artwork as the class moves along. Adults and teens welcome.


FIGURE DRAWING

In this Seattle figure drawing class, you’ll learn how to draw realistic human figures using an easy step-by-step method, even if you’ve never drawn before. Plus: how to draw hands and feet, how to show the figure in action, and how to draw both male and female figures. 


FILMMAKING 101

Interested in making your own independent movies – but trying to figure out how to approach it? In this this Seattle filmmaking class you’ll learn how to make high-quality movies without the mistakes that are common to beginners. Note: “Filmmaking 101” is a lecture/discussion class. If you’re looking for a production class in which we actually film a short movie, see our “Let’s Make a Movie” course. This is an in-person class. For 15 and older.


LET’S MAKE A MOVIE

In this class, students will work learn how to make a movie (and act in one) by actually making one. They’ll learn some film acting technique; play characters in the movie (and get some nice filmed/edited footage for their actor reels); help brainstorm about costumes and locations; and help with crew jobs such as recording audio and marking scenes. Note: Our focus in this class is in acting in a movie.  If you’re looking for an informational class which teaches students how to make their own indie films, see “Filmmaking 101”. For adults 18 and older. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Acting Fundamentals Certificate Program.


MORE DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS

A fun follow-up class for students who have taken Nils Osmar’s “Drawing for Absolute Beginners” class and would like to continue learning. We’ll go more into perspective, get practice drawing from pictures, imagination and still lifes. Plus: drawing trees; drawing flowers; and more help with drawing faces and figures.


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS: OILS AND ACRYLICS

In this Seattle oil painting class, open to everyone but intended for absolute beginners, you’ll learn the techniques of the Old Masters, including glazing, impasto and palette knife painting techniques, producing a finished realistic painting with inner glow and lasting beauty.  This fun, step-by-step class offers offers personalized instruction within the camaraderie of a small group setting. You can work in either oils or acrylics. This class will be back soon.


PAINTING FOR BEGINNERS: WATERCOLOR

Looking for a Seattle watercolor class that’s open to everyone, even those who’ve never painted before? “Watercolor Workshop” is a pleasant introduction to watercolor painting for anyone who enjoys color and wants to experience the joy of watching a painting of your own happen. This class will be back soon.


SCREENWRITING 101

Learn how to write screenplays, get some practice writing them, and have opportunities to workshop them and get feedback on your writing. Plus tips for pitching your screenplay and getting it produced.


SCREENWRITING INTENSIVE

For students who’ve completed the Screenwriting 101 class and learned the basics, and want to do a deep dive into writing a full length screenplay.


SINGING 101 – Returning soon


STAND UP COMEDY

This fun intensive standup comedy workshop is designed for anyone who has ever wanted to try, or learn about stand up comedy. Over the course of four weeks you will learn about the craft of standup comedy through practice and experimentation. Each student works towards the goals they set for class and are coached toward them individually. Ends with a performance in front of a live audience at a comedy club in Seattle!


VOICE OVER 101

Looking for a Seattle Voice Over class for beginners taught by an established professional voice actor?  In this helpful introductory class, you’ll learn about the real world of voice acting voice acting (in commercials, games and animation) including how to have the best odds of making it in the business. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Voice Over Acting Certificate.


VOICE OVER 102

For students who have taken Rekindle’s Voice Over 101 class and would like to continue learning. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Voice Over Acting Certificate.


VOICE OVER 103

The curriculum will be based on the interests of VO 102 graduates, and will feature a more advanced study of the following genres:
  • Video Games (Real vs. Cartoony, Imagining the sonic environment, efforts and exertions)
  • Animation (Energy and exaggeration, comedy and contrast, Finding emotional turns)
  • Commercial (Answering acting questions: Who are you talking to? Where are you? Why are you saying this?)
  • Narration (Playing a supportive role, the importance of pacing, how to approach characters and dialogue.)

This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Voice Over Acting Certificate.


VOICE OVER 104

For students who have taken Rekindle’s Voice Over 101, 102 and 103 classes and would like to continue learning. Voiceover 104 is an advanced workshop focused entirely on performance practice and feedback. Students will use the knowledge they’ve learned from the previous classes to practice scripts from their personal areas of interest, including the genres of commercial, narration, animation, and video games. This class can be taken independently or applied toward our Voice Over Acting Certificate.


WEBINARS


VOICE OVER WEBINAR 1: CAREERS

Learn about the types of Voice Over acting, and the training, equipment, and marketing materials expected of a professional voice talent


VOICE OVER WEBINAR 2: HOME STUDIO BASICS

How to set up a home studio inexpensively that will meet your needs as a voice over actor


VOICE OVER WEBINAR 3: SELF-MARKETING FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS

An interactive webinar to answer all of your VO Marketing questions.



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